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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1. "Good company, tough business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, competitive salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Tough business. Has been in a downturn for 5+ years now.


  2. "Culture has changed supposedly"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the strategy of vertical integration

    Cons

    Execution of strategy was bungled
    Toxic senior management (most gone now)

    Advice to Management

    Keep changing culture for better

  3. "General Feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technical R&D leadership resources. Culture transformation is a positive. Company has strong core of technical leadership to help drive roadmap.

    Cons

    Solar Materials division of corporation may have the biggest upside but the weakest management. Recent changes may be an improvement but yet to be seen. P&L prospective is too dominant to allow efficient development of the technologies and those whom challenge status quo and the poor decision for the organization on a whole are not embraced or encouraged to bring constructive counter argument. There are plenty of senior managers still remaining whom do not understand the technology they involved with and seldom consult those who do in critical technology and operational related decisions making. Likely organizational inefficiencies will continue in the matrixed organization with the current senior management. Probably need to move out some of those Solyandra managers that they picked up in the last year would be a good start.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace counter argument and encourage data driven decision making instead of short term wins to meet a weekly/monthly reports. Cycle times of the technology involved are discrete in nature and do not fill into weekly and monthly reports well for proper charterization.


  4. "Pays well, works you hard, and R&D is infallible"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are based in St. Peters the pay is nice. Coastal wages in the heartland. On the solar side there are some neat new technologies they are working on.

    Cons

    Work life balance is awful. With overseas facilities about 12 hours ahead of us, you are on the phone late at night and early in the morning.
    At the time I was there the R&D team was still inexperienced with certain processes and they were not open to listening to non PHD engineers who did have the experience. Management supported the superiority of R&D.
    Very high turn over in corporate office.

    Advice to Management

    I know times are lean, but think beyond the next quarter when making decisions. Engineers without PHD's can help solve manufacturing issues too.


  5. "Fairly good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    International travel opportunities, career opportunities, fairly laid back work environment, close Finance team

    Cons

    Some would say location, old building that needs to be updated, inconsistencies in some policies


  6. "OK company, have worked for worse."

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong technical foundation and industry leader. Appears to be forward thinking again instead of playing for margins on the quarterly figures as old CEO did. Attempting to reestablish itself as the dominant semiconductor supplier again. Appears to have good strategy but execution is still not proven yet.

    Cons

    Company is in transition of senior management from two years earlier and is attempting to develop a new company culture but communication is poor in these efforts. Company attempts to infor it's employee's with news letters which is poor medium.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your professional employee's informed. Little on company strategy and role in execution is revealed beloe the diector level.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "MEMC is a place to make money get some valuable experience and move on."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall the pay is pretty high, For salary people the overall work experience is satisfactory. It's pretty hard to get fired.

    Cons

    I would not work here as an hourly person. Sick days the first 2 are at no pay. The Pasadena site has a scary process.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows they have a moral problem the turnover is pretty high especially for skilled craft. I really think management is trying to make MEMC a better place to work.

  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potential growth company with SOI Product is high demand.

    Cons

    Business not stable due to word wide economy drop significant.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. "Decent salary but near zero benefits."

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    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Some managers are helpful and accommodating.
    - Bare minimum tools are provided for the job but accuracy of the tool is not good enough.

    Cons

    - Some vendors takes a long time to solve problems and some even can't. Management will not allowed to change vendors unless can source a cheaper vendor.
    - Need to work on weekends and even on holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Kindly promote healthy work life balance.


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